The serenity of the moment Thich Nhat Hanh

- through Henry Oudin

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The Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, who participated in one of the most important nonviolent resistance movements of this century, invites us to move forward in our lives with calm, through conscious breathing. "Peace is present here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see": hearing the bells, eating mindfully, seeing the sun in a tangerine, printing peace and serenity while walking, smiling in a traffic jam…

The practice, gentle but regular, must extend into our daily lives. Our civilization “provides us with many things that we can use to lose touch with ourselves”. We must learn to stop to see more clearly. We will then have more time to deal with our unpleasant feelings. Rather than chasing them, let's learn to transform them. Anger is rooted in our misunderstanding of ourselves and in deep and immediate causes, but also in desire, vanity, suspicion… These knots must be undone, in harmony with others. Do not let the bad seeds germinate, but cultivate the good ones. Learn to ask "What's going well?" rather than the other way around, meditating while hugging, bringing young and old together, meditating on the suffering of those who made us suffer...

For reality is inter-being and non-duality. In a sheet of paper, there is the sun, the water, the clouds, the minerals... In the same way, the wealth of one society is made up of the poverty of another and in war, there is no there is no evil side. For a “committed Buddhism”, Thich Nhat Hanh calls for getting out of the prison of our “little self” and reconnecting with nature, our mother. “We must use the suffering of the XNUMXth century as compost so that together we can create flowers in the XNUMXst century”

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Henry Oudin

Henry Oudin is a Buddhist scholar, spiritual adventurer and journalist. He is a passionate seeker of the depths of Buddhist wisdom, and travels regularly to learn more about Buddhism and spiritual cultures. By sharing his knowledge and life experiences on Buddhist News, Henry hopes to inspire others to embrace more spiritual and mindful ways of living.

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